Skip to content

Tristan Middleton

Senior Lecturer in Education

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Early Years & Education Team. I am passionate about educational inclusion and the opportunities for higher education to have a positive impact upon education practice. 


I began my teaching career in 1995 with a PGCE from Bath Spa University, having worked as an actor in children’s theatre for 8 years. I have taught throughout primary and early years in a mainstream primary school in Wiltshire and then a mainstream primary school in Bristol where I became Assistant Head Teacher. I have also been a SENCo, Designated Lead for Child Protection and Designated Teacher for Children in Care. For the last 6 years of teaching I set-up and ran a nurture group provision. 


  • BA (Hons): French and DraMA: University of London, 1990
  • PGCE: Primary Education with QTS, Bath Spa University College, 2000 MA Ed, Inclusive practice in schools, University of West of England, 2008
  • PGCAP, Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2017


Nurture Group Accreditation (PGCE 30 credits) 2010

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Tristan is Director and Chair of Leading Learning for Special Educational Needs Community Interest Company.

Teaching & Research


Education, inclusion, Special Educational Needs, Educational Leadership


Focus on education, SEN, nurture groups and narrative enquiry. Current research projects include: The Role of Assessment Feedback in Developing Academic Buoyancy – a collaborative Higher Education action research project. 


More publications from Tristan Middleton can be found in the Research Repository.